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Birds and Wildlife

Ornithology

Learn about hummingbirds, the “acrobats of the air,” while sipping a hummingbird cocktail, a delightful summery drink at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Meet an amazing group of animals seldom seen--snakes at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Learn to capture dynamic photographs of raptors, small birds, and mammals. After an evening classroom session at The Morton Arboretum, enjoy a Saturday field session at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, home to fox, bobcat, eagle, sandhill crane, and many more species of local wildlife. Three days: Two Wednesdays, July 10 and 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee so you can participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie. Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Bee Blitz on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Visit one of the largest remnant prairies in Illinois and an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” for a late spring bird walk. RESCHEDULED to Saturday, June 8, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton Arboretum. Five Saturdays, April 27 through June 1 (no class on May 18), 2019, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 6, or 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The April 6 class is sold out.
Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February. Waterfowl are the first to make major migration moves. As soon as the ice begins to leave our lakes and ponds waterfowl start pushing north. Three Saturdays, February 16, March 2, and March 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Hear two ornithologists debate each other about which bird should become the new democratically elected state bird of Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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